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Australian Cultural Diplomacy Grants Program FAQ

What is the Australian Cultural Diplomacy Grants Program (ACDGP)?

The ACDGP provides support for Australia's creative industries to embrace, engage and build people-to-people links in the Indo-Pacific and beyond.

The 2021-22 grants round supports the economic and social recovery efforts of the industry to rebound internationally by providing funding for projects that:

  • create a positive and contemporary image of Australia
  • build people-to-people links
  • strengthen engagement in the Indo-Pacific and beyond
  • enhance markets and develop creative export opportunities internationally.

How often are grants rounds announced?

Once a year, usually in February - however due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic the 2021-22 round opened on 14 July 2021 and closed on 25 August 2021.

Why does the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade run this program?

Through the promotion of Australia's cultural and creative industries internationally, DFAT influences perceptions of Australia overseas, supports enduring people-to-people and institutional links and acknowledges the economic importance of the creative industries to Australia.

Who can apply?

You must be an Australian citizen, a permanent resident of Australia or an Australian organisation. Further eligibility criteria can be found on page 6 of the 2021-22 ACDGP Guidelines.

Where can I find the assessment criteria?

The six criterion can be found on page 9 of the Guidelines.

Where can I find the instructions for applying?

All the instructions for applying can be found on page 10 of the Guidelines.

What about COVID-19?

Successful applicants will be kept up to date with the governments Covid-19 response, working within the relevant guidelines. Grantees are responsible for their own Covid-19 planning and risk management.

The grants round is now open, when does it close?

The 2021-22 ACDGP opened 14 July 2021. Applications closed at 2.00pm (AEDT) 25 August 2021.

If the grants round is closed, can I apply for a grant outside of the round?

No, the ACDGP only considers applications through the advertised grant round.

When will I know if my application has been successful?

Applications to the 2021-22 round of the ACDGP close at 2pm 25 August 2021. We anticipate advising applicants of the result at the end of November 2021.

When can my activity start?

On or after 1 January 2022, and finalisation of a signed grant agreement.

My activity does not specifically address the grant round objectives, can I still apply?

The Australian Cultural Diplomacy Grants Program (ACDGP) supports DFAT’s Public Diplomacy strategic objectives as set out in section 1.2 of the guidelines.

All potential grants will be considered against the strategic objectives of the program as well as artistic merit and value for money.

Can I request more than $60,000 for my grant?

No, applications are capped at a maximum of $60,000 per year. Multi-year grants of up to $60,000 per annum for up to three years may be considered.

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